CAMP WANZA HONORS TYWANZA SANDERS, CHARLESTON CHURCH MASSACRE VICTIM, KEEPING HIS ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT ALIVE
YEScarolina and The Tywanza Sanders Legacy Foundation team up to host a business plan competition and entrepreneurship program at Startup Summer Camp.
CHARLESTON, SC — Tywanza Sanders, 26-year-old victim of the 2015 massacre at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church, pursued his passion for entrepreneurship from an early age. Building on his success as the proprietor of a conventional lemonade stand outside his mother Felicia’s beauty salon, Sanders embraced the business mindset and continued to seek out new opportunities through his adolescent years into adulthood. Within his family, Sanders was also known for organizing summer camps and activities for his younger cousins, making a YEScarolina summer camp focused on entrepreneurship an ideal memorial to his legacy.
Eleven students, many related to Sanders, are currently participating in a summer camp to learn entrepreneurship skills and how to write a business plan. Following the YEScarolina Entrepreneurship curriculum, students learn how to seek out business opportunities by finding solutions to problems they see within their spheres of influence. Once they decide on a product or service, they then learn about financials, income statements, and how to market them to their target audience. Through their experiences, they also learn the value of public speaking and build self-confidence.
Camp Wanza began on Monday, July 8th, and will run through this Friday, July 19th. The camp, instructed by YEScarolina Council of Educators member and veteran Entrepreneurship teacher Mrs. Norma Brown, will culminate with student business plan presentations to a panel of judges representing YEScarolina.
An opening exercise describes the characteristics of Tywanza that the students want to be sure are in their own lives and businesses they create.
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